Fast-track Singletrack Skills Weekend
Take your skills from zero to hero in the space of a single weekend
So you've been mountain biking a while and have probably realised that there's more to this incredibly exciting sport than simply being able to ride a bike.
On our Fast-track Singletrack Skills Weekend our expert coaches will take what you have learned so far to the next level and beyond. We'll tell what you're already doing right, so you can do more of that, and what you're doing wrong.
On Day One we'll polish your fundamentals, iron out any bad habits you may have picked up, get you moving around your bike and tackling some trail obstacles with style and finesse.
Then on Day Two we'll take these fundamentals to the next level and teach you some trail skills that will have you riding your local loops faster and tackling larger obstacles more confidently than ever before.
After the course you'll find your enjoyment of the sport will increase dramatically. You'll no longer feel like you're just surviving trails, you'll feel in more control and ready to the most technical of trails.
The course content was spot on for me and delivered in a humourous, patient and encouraging style. I have a lot to work on after years of bad habits, but I really feel much more confident that I now have the tools to tackle trails and obstacles that I wouldn't even have considered a week ago. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who wants to take their riding to a different level.
Eamonn - Hutton, Essex
The skills taught and practiced on the Fast-track Skills Weekend include:
- Bike Set-up
Choosing the right tyre pressures
Choosing the right suspension set-up
- Mind Skills
Relaxing on the bike and staying loose
Riding within yourself to stay in control
Positive thinking and visualisation
Dismissing distractions to maintain concentration and commitment
Developing confidence through fundamentals instead of luck
- Body Position & Movement
'The Ready Position'
Moving around the bike in three dimensions
Dynamic weight shift
Weighting & unweighting the bike
- Speed Control
Braking safely and effectively
When and where to brake
Speed management on steep terrain
Carrying speed on the trail
Maintaining speed over rocks and roots
Cornering with speed and confidence
Leaning the bike for grip on loose surfaces
Weighting the bike (bars and pedals) for additional grip
Riding off camber sections
- Trail Obstacles
Negotiating trail obstacles
Using Manual Front Wheel Lifts to negotiate obstacles
Manual dropping roots and steps
- Climbing & Descending
Negotiating steep terrain
Roll-ins & bomb holes
- Trail Flow
Reading and breaking down the trail into sections
Pumping for free speed
Is this course right for me?
Please read the following description. If this sounds like you, then you're perfect for this course:
- You're new to mountain biking or have not been riding off-road for more than a year or so
- You may have may have tried green and blue graded singletrack trails before at a trail centre or similar venue
- You can already ride a bike and understand the principles behind gear selection
- You can already ride comfortably on smooth trails such as tow paths, fire trails and easy bridleways
- You participate in formal exercise at least once per week, though not necessarily on a bike
- You can ride on flat or moderately steep terrain at a steady pace
- You can ride for at least two hours comfortably
If this sounds a little too basic, please choose our Singletrack Improver course instead or have a look at our choosing the right course FAQ page.
Although the course is flexible it will usually keep to the following programme:
The advice was great for improving my technique and above all my mind set and mental block over the steep roll offs
Liz - Dorking
At the end of your course you will receive
- Personalised Feedback
to remind you of your performance on your course
- An Action Plan
your coach will tell you what you need to do after your course to consolidate your new skills and progress your mountain biking into the future
- 30 Days Free Support
if you have any questions about what you've learned or need any other advice
Want less coaching and more riding?
You may wish to consider changing to our Introduction to Mountain Biking Weekend.
The Introduction to Mountain Biking Weekend costs £149.00 and includes the following sessions:
- Saturday AM - The Fundamentals level 1 skills course
- Saturday PM - Holmbury Hill Singletrack Explorer guided ride
- Sunday All Day - Surrey Hills cross country guided ride
Visit the Introduction to Mountain Biking Weekend page for more information.
*Price does not include accommodation. Options with accommodation start at an inclusive price of £199.00 for the weekend
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Without Saturday night accommodation
Including Saturday night hotel accommodation and breakfast on Sunday morning
Accommodation subject to availability.
*Based on two people sharing. £45 single occupancy supplement.
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